Sydney Hushie, young and interested in the development of Africa by young Africans has been a youth advocate for HIV/AIDS for 17 years. Sydney, since 11 years has always believed in African youth and the role they have to play in the leadership of the continent.
Sydney is an Advisory Council member of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS and is based in Accra Ghana. Until assuming the role of Advisory Council member, Sydney was a Programs Coordinator of GYCA responsible for the Regional and National Focal Points program of GYCA coordinating the work of 12 Regional and 52 National Focal Points. His role involves coordinating, providing technical and administrative support for the RFPs and NFPs.
His work is directly linked to GYCAs key strategy of identifying, training and mentoring new leaders for the AIDS response.
Sydney is currently a Youth Development Consultant of the British Council in Ghana where he is responsible for developing projects that supports the development and contribution of young people to development in Ghana and the sub Saharan region.
Sydney has a great interest in promoting youth activity in the media. This is demonstrated through work he has done with the Children and Youth in Broadcasting (a media advocacy group) in Ghana. As part of the work with CYIB, Sydney has trained over 400 children and young people in media advocacy, leadership and community mobilization and increased media access to children in the rural communities. He also has been for many years radio and TV presenter on a number shows targeted at young people’s involvement in development. A number of advocacy press articles have also been written all under the media project.
Sydney’s recent publications include policy briefs for the Africa Population Conference which developed the African position to the ICPD reviews. He also wrote a report on the state of employment and employability of young people in Africa for the British Council.
Sydney is a member of the UN Inter-agency Task Team on young people, the Africa Civil Society Platform for Universal Access, the Global Fund advocacy platform among others.
Sydney has also in the past worked with the UNFPA, UNICEF, British Council, Plan International, UNAIDS in Ghana. He has worked in various capacities in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS. Sydney has developed manuals, trainings, project concepts and evaluations for the above organizations.